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Marius Ernest Sabino French Art Deco Opalescent Glass Nude Figure



An exceptional quality French Art Deco opalescent glass figure of a standing nude by Marius Ernest Sabino (1878-1961) and dating from circa 1931. Born in Sicily Sabino moved to France as a young boy and later founded the Sabino Glass company becoming one of the most acclaimed of the French glass makers. This stunning figure of a standing girl holding her head back with long flowing locks of curling hair falling to the ground behind her stands on a small rounded base and is made in a bright and vibrant opalescent glass combining blues and bright oily yellows with the iluminosity and depth of a fine opal. The figure has molded SABINO PARIS marks to the back of one leg. In excellent condition.


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  • Dimensions
    Height: 6.7 in. (17 cm)Width: 2.17 in. (5.5 cm)Depth: 1.38 in. (3.5 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
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  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Bishop's Stortford, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: GL203711stDibs: LU1328222506182

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About the Maker

Sabino Art Glass

Sabino art glass refers to the opalescent vessels, figurines and lighting fixtures that Marius-Ernest Sabino produced in the 1920s and ’30s and that epitomized the cosmopolitan glamour of Art Deco. Along with René Lalique and Emile Gallé, Sabino was part of a robust tradition of French creators of art glass that became a signature of Art Nouveau at the turn of the 20th century and who then pivoted to embrace the geometric style of Art Deco. Sabino was born in Sicily in 1878, moving with his family in the 1880s to France. There his father was a sculptor working primarily in wood. Encouraged by his father to study fine art, Sabino attended both the École national supérieure des Arts Décoratifs and the École national supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris. During his studies, he became fascinated by the new technologies for generating electricity and how they were changing the glass industry. Returning home following service in World War I, Sabino founded a factory that manufactured light fixtures in wood and bronze, but he quickly switched his focus to glass, as his experiments with the material yielded novel results. By 1925, he had developed an opalescent glass with the iridescence of soap bubbles or peacock feathers. During the Great Depression, despite the era’s economic turbulence, Sabino’s designs for light fixtures, vases and figurines were in high demand. Among his sculptural pieces are large fish figurines, created in a limited edition in 1931, two of which were acquired by Maurice Chevalier and Josephine Baker. Like French fashion, graphic and interior design during the interwar period, Sabino chandeliers remain eternally chic. Many of his custom pieces are huge, such as the ones he created for the SS Île de France, in 1927, and for the Grand Salon of the SS Normandie, in 1935. No matter the size, however, one of their hallmarks is that the glass components are central to the overall design, rather than being merely ornamental. This quintessentially Art Deco molded-glass fixture, with its geometric form and floral pattern, perfectly captures the mix of subtlety and originality that characterizes the best examples of Sabino art glass.
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Located in Bishop's Stortford, United Kingdom

This seller offers a thoughtfully curated collection of watches and jewelry from brands like Rolex, Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. It also has an extensive array of handbags by Chanel, Hermès and other top fashion houses, as well as exceptional art and design pieces. The firm’s team is passionate about refurbishing and servicing watch...

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